Aviator Red | Flying Bison Brewing Company

Aviator RedAviator Red
142 Ratings
Aviator RedAviator Red

Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shirfan on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer. Pours a medium red color with a slight, white, foamy head. Smell was malty with hints of caramel. The taste matched this, with a dry finish. The carbonation is moderate and this would be a great session beer. Had this in Buffalo for Thanksgiving. Would have it again.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-When I first poured this the head was like 5 inches,I must have shook the bottle up at some point but anyway.The dark red body looks good with the off white head(very thick).Some lacing on the glass.

S-All I smell here is malt and something sweet.

T-Sweetness taste and some malt.

M-Creamy head with a medium body.

D-I like this beer,Ive had Killians irish red and it almost taste alike.Ide try this beer again but not anytime soon,there are plenty of other beers out there that I wanna try more.Good though.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good amber/red color with some head. A good, hearty amber that still makes for a great session beer. Nice, rich caramel malts with citrus hops to match. Reminds me of Rogue's Amber. This is a great beer to have in the fridge for drinking or meals. Cheers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a Deep ruby red with a caramel toned head leaves nice full bands of lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a full nutty caramel malt profile with a touch herbal hop character. Flavor has creamy nut edge with soft chocolate and nut undertones low bitterness with some herbal tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied creamy edges with even carbonation. Drinkability is a solid all around drinking Irish Red that goes down smooth.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bottle says its a 'Red Ale brewed in the Irish tradition'. Clear ruby red color, nice finger of head that recedes to small ring of foam for the duration of the beer.

Smell is malty and rich and the taste matches it well with a subtle hop backbone coming on at the end, but something tastes a little 'off'. There's alot going on in those malts, so I can't quite place it.

Light in the mouth too, not watery at all, not too heavy at all. Would make for a nice session beer.

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Photo of tempo013
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- drank from a bottle on a thursday night with nothing better to do but sample a new beer
Appearance- As the name implies its a dark red color with an almond head
Smell- deep breathe and smell brings the malty aroma to mind
Taste- tastes very much like Oharas but with more flavor
Mouthfeel- very stong taste which makes the tongue tingle, tons of flavor
Drinkability- I could drink about a six pack of these delicious beers before it gets too strong

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Photo of jtell
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red. When held to light the red really comes through. Not much head to speak of and no lacing left behind. Smells of sweet malts - some chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes of similar but not as rich as I would have expected. Good drinking beer but dont have to worry about savoring. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected and was disappointed. Drinkability is very good. No overpowering flavors and is not too complex. Bought a full 6-er and will happily finish them. Probably wont get again though.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark red (but not blood/brown red) body, topped by three fingers of tight level off-white foam.

Mild bread/yeast aroma, nice but rather small.

Malty start, but overly sweet, more like the semi-sweet chocolate of a good Octoberfest. Plenty of bread in the taste. Solid but not non-aggressive hop presence, curbs the sweetness, provides a nice bite, but doesn't overwhelm the the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a mix of creamy and bubbly which might sound at odds but comes together quite well. Very good drinkability.

Might not soar like an F-14, but provides a nice solid workmanlike flight. Good everyday kind of beer. And makes a fine ale substitute for an Octoberfest.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First had this beer in the old college bar. Noticed it was from the buffalo area so I figured I'd try the "locally brewed stuff". This beer pours a deep orangish, copper, red. Nice color. The head is creamy, airy, and white with just a tinge of yellow. This beer a very malty. Strong malty smell and taste, the hoppy bitter shows through more and more as it warms up.

The beer was good, but not really my style. If you're in to Irish Red's I'd give this a try.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. longneck into a pint glass

A - Dark ruby red in color. Almost have to hold the beer up to the light to bring out the redness. Otherwise it kind of looks like a brown ale. A decent off-white head sticks around for a while with some lacing.

S - Sweet malt, baby. A huge, complex, semi-roasted malt aoma attacks the nose when this is brought in for a sip.

T - Starts off malty, with some roasted barley notes and sweet carmel flavors. Lots of dextrine malts to lend the big robust sweet malt profile to this red ale. The malt flavors last through to the end, where a definate bitterness takes over. The hop bitterness combines with the roasted malt bitterness to intensify the bitter aftertaste, which I felt was a little to high.

D - This is a beer to savor for its complex malt flavors. The intensity and quality of the flavors make it a beer to enjoy slowly and in small quantities.

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Photo of mjarosz
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown, almost reminds me of motor oil...The label says its a red ale brewed in an Irish tradition, but it almost reminds me of a non-bitter stout. Tastes like a light stout. Mouthfeel is slightly thick. I would call this an enjoying beer. Rather thick and creamy. Hard to drink quick. Overall a very good beer I will gladly drink again.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an odd very dark red, almost brown, with a one finger white head. Slight retention.
S: Classic red ale aromas with a hint of caramel. Slight hop presence also. A bit sweet smelling too.
T/M: Caramel and chocolate malts cross the palate first, which was unexpected but definately cool. Ever so slight grassy hop presence, but only when you smack the lips a bit. Dry aftertaste. Very smooth and crisp through the mouth. Goes down almost like water, but gets a bit creamier as it warms up.
D: Worth a try if you're a amber/red ale fan. Good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night, it was recommended by my friend.

Served to me in a pint glass. Deep mahogany red with a creamy beige head.

Smelled malty as hell! Biscuity, grainy, and caramel notes a plenty. Also a bit of smoke. Very inviting. Once tasted, there was plenty of bitterness from hops, but not before the mighty parade of malts. There more I drank, the more smokiness lingered on my tongue. Everything was pretty well balanced, too, as no particular feature of this beer seemed to dominate over the others. Heavy-side-of-medium bodied, nice and sticky from all the malts, altogether satisfying.

Pretty darn good. I would certainly drink it again if the opportunity arose.

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Photo of Albertv05
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured a nice deep red color with a nice thick head that thined out pretty quickly. Smell was malty but mild with little hops and notes of carmel. Very tastely brew, malty, smooth, and true to the style. Definitly something I'd get again! Cheers!

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Photo of drumenigma
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought a Six pack on a whim, felt like trying a new red style.

In the glass the beer has a pleasent redish amber color. The beer didn't pour much of a head probably because I have my beer fridge quit cold and poured in to a frosted glass. Otherwise this beer would probably pour a nice head.

The beer smells mostly of malt and a nice hint of hops to complement it.

Taste wise this beer is one of the better red ales I have tasted. I liked the malt flavor and the hops were added in just the right amount to complement the malt flavor.

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Photo of plaid75
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber/ruby hue with a very thin glaze of a head.

The aroma was 100% malt. A sweet aroma with hints of buttery popcorn.

The taste was a clean but sweet malt. A decent toasted grain flavor as well. Needs a bit more hops. Finished suprisingly dry.

The mouthfeel was nice and light considering the serious malt body. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

Overall a drinkable amber. Not necessarily my first choice, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aviator Red
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a thick, crimson red color. Dark, ruby highlights with a massive (too much) head with even the most passive pour. Appears to be bottle conditioned.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of malts, cloves and a slight background of hops.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced and mighty smooth. A tad creamy with strong malts flavors. Juicy caramel and chococlate malt blasts with a funky rye bread flavor. Nice hop profile on the finish.

A nice red ale, but was expecting more.

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Photo of bignick
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sunset in Allston 4/19/06 during Flying Bison night. Poured into a pint glass.

This is a pretty nice beer. It is very malty. My only criticism is the lack of hops. It is pretty smooth going down, nice and fruity/caramely-sweet, with a slight chocolate finish. There is no bite to it, which makes it easy to drink, but not really all that satisfying.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into an american pint glass. Not too much head. Lacing remains throughout beer. Has a nice dark brownish red color. Not as red as most red ales are in color. Hoppy aroma. Smell really tells you whats in store. Hops is the dominating flavor, but not too hoppy. Good roasted malt after-taste. Very clean in the mouth. Overall a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a rusty ruby, brown in places, reddish in others, depending on the light. A stubborn finger-plus of light tan head pillowed the top, and lacing was plentiful and pretty.

The aroma was dominated by a bready yeast note, all but masking, at least initially, a well-roasted malt character bearing flashes of dark cherry, light coffee, and even cocoa. A mild hops presence presented at the fringes.

Upon sipping, the malt took over, coming togther in a mix of dark cherry, blackberry, mild coffee, and a more vague dark chocolate pleasant bitterness. The yeast doughed the center, but more compatibly here than in the aroma, and the slightest floral bitterness of hops came through toward the close. The finish was residual malt and hops bitterness, lingering warmly for a time. The flavor was busy, but well-blended and interesting.

Medium bodied, it felt creamy and frothy on the palate, and warm, filling nature was a pleasing sensation.

I didn't hold out too much hope after a few strong sniffs, but the engaging flavor was a nice surprise for me. I don't mind yeast, not saying that, but it just came on a bit strong at first, but the flavor more than mitigated what I saw as the sole setback. This is probably a bit more complex than your average session beer, but with the manageable ABV, it is certainly as drinkable as many others, if not more so. Buffalo may not crank out a lot of taste sensations, but you can add this one to the distinguished, if limited, list.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just had the Aviator Red during a black friday lunch at Cooper's in Scranton, PA. I know, Scranton, but it is a very good beer bar. The beer pours a nice slightly light brown color with a nice head in the glass. I can pick up some slightly toasty notes to this one, nice and malty with a bit of chocolate as it goes down. The malt in this red ale is a nice touch and makes this beer a good one to have a few of without a problem. For $3.75 a bottle, not a bad deal. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What ho? Buffalo beer? On this evening of session drinking, this puppy fits the Bill. Get it, Bill? Bills? No? OK. Pours a deep chestnut colored brew; I'm picking up some toffee and Starbucks coffee in the nose. Interesting for the style. Very malty profile, with a good wallop of bitter dark chocolate in there to balance the malt sweetness. Hop bitterness is subtle but noticeable in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, chewy and coating, a real nice drinker. Certainly not "wide right"...closer to down the middle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fairly innocuous ale pours a slightly hazy, dark chestnut body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some tenacious splatterings of lace about the glass.
The nose is yeasty and fruity over a caramelish malt with a background of hops (Fuggles perhaps?).
The body is decidedly medium, and it's gentle carbonation leaves it somewhat creamy and smooth across the palate.
The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests, with a wide bready, caramel, and even slightly nutty character that's laced with hops, and backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes mostly dry with some residual malt, a smear of leafy and earthy hops, and a lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is a fairly basic, but still very good beer that would work well in a wide variety of situations; and pair with a decent range of basic foods.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simple bottle label of a FB plane soaking in the sunset. This 12 oz. browner poured a slow foamy pour that finally calmed down to drink after five minutes. Dark amber hues, topped with a rock solid khaki tan dense pillowy head cap that makes me hope it wasn't an old six'er I just paid for.

Scents are quite Scotch Ale like and a twinge of peat Earthyness.

First swigs: Robust roasted raw grain and husky vegetal notes. Quite the full flavored puzzle. Rather home-brew-ish for better or worse. Toasted malt, root beer and some cocoa. Discernable yeasty bready middle. That is the home brew touch.

Feel is medium to full bodid with a "straight outta Buffalo" dense taunt carbonation. Quite frothy feel.

Last swigs: Grain waffle and apple butter. Now I wan to root for the Sabres and Bills. Finally was able to try the Yuengling Lager of Buffalo.

Beer is good. Happy local treat beering.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rust in color w/ some copper edges in the light, which just barely passes throught. A full two fingers of tan head that goes nowhere...some thick, creamy lacing sticks to the side of my shaker glass.
Nice aroma of carmelized malt and a hint of licorice.
Taste is not at all what I was expecting...this ale has many characteristics of a porter...tons of malt, chocolate, and a subtle smokiness. Minimally bitter in the finish...decent dose of hops.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent...no hint of alcohol at all.
A solid offering from Flying Bison.

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Aviator Red from Flying Bison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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